B.C. two truck driver fined $2,000 for crash that killed two-year-old girl
VANCOUVER – A B.C. truck driver has been fined $2,000 for a fatal crash that killed a two-year-old girl and injured her mother— a sentence that has outraged the toddler’s family.
William Mah was behind the wheel of a flatbed tow truck in August 2009 when he turned a corner and struck a stroller, killing Aoi Kazama and seriously injuring the girl’s mother.
Mah was originally charged with dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm, but the Crownagreed to accept a plea to the lesser Motor Vehicle Act infraction of driving with undue care and attention.
Crown lawyer David Simpkin told the court evidence gathered after Mah was initially charged, including expert opinions that he was travelling 12 kilometres per hour, meant there was no likelihood of conviction for the more serious charges.
Sheira Hallam-Barbieri, Aoi Kazama‘s aunt, told reporters outside the court house the family is disappointed Mah wasn’t put on trial for the more serious charges in an accident that has ripped apart the family’s life.
She says the accident has left a void in the parents’ lives, ruined their marriage, and left the mother with severe injuries that she continues to struggle with today.
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